Canada was once a leader in addressing climate change. During a Toronto heat wave in 1988, we hosted the first-ever international scientific conference on climate change, “Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security”. The consensus statement from the assembled scientists was “Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment, whose ultimate consequences are second only to global nuclear war.”
When the Kyoto agreement was signed, Canada committed to reducing its emissions by 6% below 1990 levels during the period 2008-2012.
Due to government inaction, our emissions during the Kyoto commitment period of 2008-2012 are expected to be about 30% higher than we promised. Meanwhile, other countries, such as Germany, Sweden and England, have achieved double-digit emissions reductions since signing onto the Kyoto Protocol.
We must act to reduce emissions and we must prepare for the “new normal” of a destabilized climate. These are not, as often presented, mutually exclusive goals. We need both and we needed them yesterday.
Greens challenge Stephen Harper to show Canadians his plan to reduce carbon emissions – May 15th, 2015
Harper, May I? – April 24th, 2015
Re-engaging in the world: Canada has a short runway to prepare for COP21 – March 19th, 2015
2015: The Year of Climate Challenges – January 19th, 2015
Climate talks: A long road from Lima to Paris – December 17th, 2014
Climate Change is a threat to food production – one we are ignoring – October 9th, 2014
Competing Images of the Arctic – June 2nd, 2014
The Budget – Financial Statement of Minister of Finance – February 13th, 2014
Letter to the Editor: Climate specifics – January 22nd, 2014
Climate change also a security threat – January 20th, 2014